Jeans and loafers may be the hottest pairing right now, but nothing can replace fail-safe jeans and boots when the temperature drops. However, getting the look right can be hard. Below are five ways to style jeans and boots that have appeal …
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Chunky boots and straight jeans
If you’ve invested in a pair of chunky boots, such as Chelsea boots or Dr. Martens, then you’ll need a jean that’s wider and shorter to go with them. Look for high-waisted and rigid fabrications, and a straight style that is wider through the leg, rather than straight-skinny. Lastly, the hem of your jeans should be ever-so-slightly cropped to just below where the boot begins for the most flattering look.
Square-toe boots and slim-straight jeans
If you’re looking to show off the season’s square-toe ankle boots (Anouk Yve’s croc-effect leather Totême boots, pictured, are firmly on our wish list) then choose high-waisted jeans with a slim-straight leg – the kind of leg that feels tailored but not too skinny. Opt for a rigid kind of denim, as this look is more structured than slouchy. The hem of your jeans shouldn’t be so short that there’s a gap between the boots and the jeans, rather they should come down further but still allow plenty of space to showcase your boots – which, by the way, have a midi-heel, nothing too vertiginous.
Cowboy boots and baggy jeans
If you’re feeling adventurous pair cowboy ankle boots (or mules) with low-slung, loose-fit jeans. Turn up the ends to save the hem of your jeans (and to show off your boots!). Go tonal in all black for optimum elegance.
Kick flares and classic ankle boots
Cropped flares and classic ankle boots are a fail-safe option favoured by Frenchwoman, and founder of fashion label Rouje, Jeanne Damas. Opt for a classic ankle boot in a moc-croc or glossy patent leather for a 1960s influence and ensure your jeans are high-waisted with a cropped kick flare.
Flares and point-toe boots
Flares and point-toe boots are perhaps the most nostalgic combination (nodding to the 1970s, but moreso with a strong sense of Y2K nostalgia). Our advice on how to wear the look? Go for a subtle wash such as indigo or grey-black, and avoid fabrics that are distressed or ripped. Simplicity is key! Pair with a cashmere jumper for a look that’s more luxe-contemporary than retro.